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The mistake resulted in the share price of Britain’s largest bank rising more than 10 per cent

Spotlight On: HSBC's fixed rate mortgage

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Boost for City as Sir Mervyn King does currency swap deal with Bank of China

The Bank of England today took a crucial step towards boosting the City as a centre of trading in the Chinese renminbi after agreeing a currency swap deal with the Bank of China.

Regular savings accounts are not offering much more interest than piggy banks at the moment

Savvy Money: Help to find a home for rainy-day cash

With interest rates on accounts so low, it pays to be disciplined about monthly savings

Knight Vinke gets seat on Darty board

The activist investor Knight Vinke has forced its way on to the board of the electricals retailer Darty, which yesterday issued a profits warning.

Knight Vinke grabs seat on Darty board

Activist investor Knight Vinke has forced its way onto the board of the struggling electricals retailer Darty, which today issued a profits warning.

Suspended sentence for rape threats

A pensioner threatened to rape female staff at a bank and members of their families if he was not paid £150,000.

Terrorists and drug lords targeted HSBC, bosses admit

The top two executives at HSBC today admitted it had become a target for international terrorists and cocaine barons as they sought to insist that Britain’s biggest bank was in the midst of serious reform.

Ask the City minister a silly question about banking reform... expect multiple answers

No one compares their innocent Co-op cashier with predatory fat cats like Sir Fred Goodwin or Bob Diamond

Not enough Mandarin is taught in UK schools, claims report

Too few schools are teaching Mandarin Chinese, hampering young people's prospects and putting the UK economy at risk, it was suggested today.

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Royal Bank of Scotland has moved to calm investor fears over the future of its chief executive Stephen Hester, as chairman Sir Philip Hampton privately promised shareholders Mr Hester will stay well into next year. The news comes as the taxpayer-owned bank is expected to be hit with a £500m fine by US and UK regulators this week, just as it pays bankers £250m in bonuses.

Peter Jones has bought collapsed camera retailer Jessops

Dragons' Den's Peter Jones buys Jessops to run as online outfit

Entrepreneur has not bought any of the chain's physical stores

Another rip off by the big four? Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and RBS 'broke rules' with sales of interest rate hedges to small businesses

Britain’s big four banks suffered another blow today as they were ordered to review all interest rate hedging products they may have mis-sold to small businesses.

The banks are accused of charging up to 18 per cent for loans

Another hefty compensation bill: Banks face new wave of mis-selling payouts

Britain's scandal-hit banking industry was facing another hefty compensation bill today after a review of complex products sold to small businesses found more than 90% had been mis-sold.

James Moore: US Justice Department is targeting RBS over Libor to fight off its critics

Outlook If you were wondering why Royal Bank of Scotland's settlement with regulators over its role in the Libor fixing scandal was taking so long to finalise, a little light has been shed on the matter.

President Obama was accused of failing to crack down on Wall Street during his first term in office

US View: There are big bucks at stake now regulators are on the front foot

The drive by American regulators to secure a guilty plea from the Royal Bank of Scotland division accused of fiddling bank lending rates shows that US officials are taking an increasingly aggressive stance.

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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